Sorry, no Q and A today. I must get this off my chest (as well as some odd shaped brown spots that resemble the Galapagos.)
I was stunned reading an article in the June 8th Wall Street Journal entitled: “ ’Complete Care’ Makes Visiting the Doctor a Team Event”. Regional director, Michael Kanter of the managed-care giant Kaiser Permanente with 3.7 million member patients, thinks he has invented the wheel.
He claims his organization of participating doctors now have a “new” model dubbed “Complete Care” where by medical staff members contact patients to remind them of needed preventive procedures like mammograms as well as needed procedures that patients did not schedule.
Wow! What a concept, Dr. Kanter. What do you think the dental profession has been doing for the last hundred years!
Instead of putting pen to paper and rifling through charts, today’s dental, and I’m sure medical practice management software have icons that once clicked, print out lists of patients who have missed check-up visits, cancelled appointments without rescheduling and who have not completed all their recommended treatment. This prevents disease and leads to less expensive and less extensive dental treatment.
“Complete Care” you call it? It already has a name. It’s called the Hippocratic Oath.
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Dr. Mitchell Josephs practices Implant Cosmetic and General Dentistry, is on staff at West Palm Hospital (Formerly Columbia Hospital) and is a Faculty Advisory Board member at McGill University’s Faculty of Dentistry. He completed his residency at Manhattan’s Beth Israel Medical Center and Mt. Sinai Hospital.
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